In this mini podcast Marietta and Fotini take us on a journey to Ancient Greece through 3 stories of Greek mythology.
Marietta: Hello and welcome to our podcast called a “Trip to Mythology”. I’m Marietta.
Fotini: And I’m Fotini and we are from Migratory Birds.
Marietta: On today’s podcast, we are going to explore 3 famous Greek myths.
Fotini: Starting with a love story of Eros and Psyche. Psyche was the youngest and most beautiful out of her two sisters of Laura and Kiddip, a daughter of an unknown king and queen. She was so beautiful that her admirers characterized her as the new Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and lust. This angered Aphrodite, as a jealous goddess, and she instructed Eros, her son and God of Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with an ugly and poor man.
Marietta: Ironically, Eros ended up falling in love with her. He visited her every night in condition that he wouldn’t look at his face. But one night out of temptation, while Eros was sleeping, she lighted a lump to see him and as she was doing so, oil ended up falling on his face, resulting to him waking up and fleeting away. Psyche looked desperately for Eros and ended up surrendering herself to Aphrodite service.
Fotini: Because of love, asked Psyche to perform impossibly tasks such as travelling the underworld. Surprisingly Psyche succeed, and since she gained the trust of Aphrodite, she was married to Eros and was named “The Goddess of Eros”. Fun fact, some claim that Eros wasn’t the son of Aphrodite, but the son of Nyx, the goddess of night and darkness, explaining why his arrows drove the people mad and to his dark origin.
Marietta: After the love story of Eros and Psyche, let’s move on to fate and destiny. How could we possibly miss the famous story of fates, also known as Moirais?
Fotini: Moirais were the daughters of Zeus and Themis. Atropos was the unturnable, a metaphor for death, and the three sisters: Clotho, the spinner and Lachesis, the allotter. Their role was to guarantee that every mortal will live their destiny that was assigned to them by the universe. This destiny was represented as a threat spanned from a spine. Some people consider them above the gods, although some people say that Zeus was able to command them. Fun fact, the fates are also known as Clotho, the present, because she spins the thread like this is the future because she measures how long the thread should be and Atropos, the past, because he cuts the thread with scissors.
Marietta: Pandora, the first human woman created by Hephaestus.
Fotini: Isn’t Pandora, though, known as a terrible woman who brought only unfortunate and misery to the humankind?
Marietta: That’s true. The story goes that she was the wife of Epimetheus, a lazy God that didn’t think beforehand. Now what’s interesting is that Pandora was given to Epimetheus together with the box, which contained all kinds of evil.
Fotini: Why was it given to him?
Marietta: As a punishment for a serious mistake, he made. So, one day, Pandora, out of curiosity, opened the great box of evil. Unfortunately for her, all kinds of terrible emotions came running out. Pandora panicked and rushed the closed box. She didn’t realize, though, that she closed hope inside the box. Hope stayed inside because Zeus was determined to make people suffer and make them understand that they shouldn’t disobey gods.
Fotini: You know what they say? Curiosity killed the cat.
Marietta: Trip to mythology comes to an end. We hope that you were entertained. I’m Marietta.
Fotini: And I’m Fotini and thank you for listening to our podcast.